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Balow presents about critical race theory and mental health in schools

Wyoming Superintendent Jillian Balow presents to the Casper Rotary Club on June 21
Wyoming Superintendent Jillian Balow presents to the Casper Rotary Club on June 21(Bobbee Russell)
Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 5:39 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper Rotary club hosted Wyoming Superintendent Jillian Balow as a speaker for its weekly meeting. Balow presented on topics that she’s focused on.

According to the Nation’s Report Card, Wyoming Students are performing poorly in civics education and history. “There is a lot more to the conversation that I think can be chalked up to the fact that over the last 20 to 25 years civics education and United States history has diminished in our classroom,” Balow said.

She added that Wyoming students need to learn about historical facts whether they be negative or positive. An audience member asked a question about critical race theory and Balow responded that critical race theory a political issue and an educational issue. “What my hope is for Wyoming classrooms is that we can ensure that we teach the victories, challenges and treacheries as raw and honest as we possibly can,” Balow said.

Balow mentioned mental health in schools too. During her spring travels to Wyoming schools, mental health was a topic each one brought up to her. Balow said they mentioned that supply in demand for mental health professionals was the main concern. She added that this isn’t an issue that can be solved anytime soon, but they have a program in place now.

“All school staff have to take and be prepared to implement if needed. It’s also a matter of how communities grapple with low numbers of mental health providers for children and families,” Balow said.

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